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May January Bring at least one perfect snowflake to melt on your tongue, or even better, a snow angel or two to watch over you. Start the first month of the year on the right foot—pay your debts, forgive someone it’s hard to like, kiss yesterday’s mistakes goodbye and let them fly.
Bless All the Warm things in life: cashmere socks; fleecelined jackets and boots; steamy showers on cold mornings; flannel nightgowns; fire pits on freezing nights; hot tea with a lemon slice; chili with a fiery edge; Latin jazz; a warmed-up car; Sriracha sauce; the comforting weight of a comforter. Savor the chance to be chic in winter black, to lean into a North Face jacket during a cold north wind, to wear sexy boots instead of unisex flip-flops. Hang some rhinestone icicles on January and throw a party in her honor. Cover copy by Nikki Hardin, art by Aimee Sicuro
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This month, leave the first footprints in a new snowfall. Make one fun resolution.Write the first chapter in the story of your life. (“Once upon a time...”)
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The United Skirts of America was founded on the blood, sweat and estrogen of our foremothers, who won us the freedom
From the Publisher
When I visited my friend Diane in D.C. in December, we took a long walk
to choose...to break
along the beautiful George Washington Memorial Parkway and spent
The Rules, to wear
the whole time lamenting about how we’ve made our lives too small.
combat boots or high
Maybe because we were raised not to get our hopes up, to be wary of too
heels, to run for office
much happiness because it might call down the gods’ wrath. Or maybe
Aimee Sicuro received a
or run a marathon,
we thought we weren’t capable or deserving of a bigger life. So over the
to form our own
years, we’ve settled for less. Whenever she and her husband visit me or I
BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design. After experience working as a line
rock groups instead
designer for American Greet-
of being groupies, to
ings and a Flash animator for a once-budding dot-com in San
shatter Glass Ceilings
Francisco, she packed her
and Glass Slippers, to
portfolio and headed to New
shoot hoops instead
York. Inspired by circumstance
visit them, Diane and I always go to a coffee shop one morning and write in our journals. This time we decided to make lists of things we could do, learn, buy, explore or make that would nudge us to gradually push our boundaries out of the predictable into the possible. My list includes: getting another tattoo on a visit to a place that has deep meaning for me; going to language school in Paris; creating a new website I have tickling
of settling for hoop
the back of my brain; planning solo weekend trips in new cities where I’ll
spective, she took a job as a
skirts. The ones who
be forced to talk to strangers; writing 100 one-page mini-essays this year;
project manager and illustra-
came before us made
knocking down the wall between two rooms to make one big bedroom/
it possible for our
sitting room; going to Big Sur for the first time; and making more linoleum
spent three years learning the
daughters to dream
block prints (I’ve already bought the supplies). I might not do everything
business of art and the art of
bigger, to have the
on my list, but every time I look at it, I’ll remember I’ve given myself an
and in search of a new per-
tor at a design firm in Soho. At Slover and Company she
business. Currently, Aimee lives and works as a freelance illus-
chance to grow up to
trator in California where she
be President and turn
rediscovers life every day on
the Oval Office into
the vibrant streets of San Fran-
Rx for restarting my “one wild and precious life.”
the Ovary Office. In
From the editor
Golden Gate Park or sketching
the United Skirts of
Miriam Atkins and Alice David talk to each other about everything from surgery to shopping. Hilary
at her favorite corner café, she
America, every day is
and Deborah Brooks see each other every day at work and still call each other family. As I talked
cisco. Whether she is running in
never fails to return home with oodles of good material for her art, and a renewed determina-
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to these women this month, I was struck with how lucky they were to have each other. For me, my lifelong best friend Caroline is “the one” that has been there for everything. From day camp in shortalls to living down the hall from each other in college, we have seen each other at our best and worst and could ghostwrite each others’ autobiographies. She knows my strengths and weaknesses, the people I will always fall for and the ones I can’t stand. This month, raise your glass to that special gal pal in your life. I’m sure she could guess what you ordered.
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A friend of mine introduced us. Well, that’s not entirely true, Sherry only mentioned him in an email and left it up to me. He was a good guy, she said, and why didn’t I give him a call? So I wrote down his contact info on a yellow Post-it note, filing it away for sometime, someday, perhaps. At this moment, I was too gun-shy to initiate anything with anyone. In fact, the last time I’d tried to connect via a friend’s referral, it turned out horribly; I ended up wishing I hadn’t. As a (mostly) single woman, I’ve learned it’s often prudent to just sit back and wait, treasuring an interlude before rushing heedlessly and hopefully into something new. But a day arrived several months ago when, exhausted by going it alone, I thought, “Why not?” Truthfully, there were a lot of reasons why not, a few of them named Ted, Dave, Marcus and Joe, each of whom had let me down in various ways over the past few years. Yet on this crisp winter morning I convinced myself that bravery is a becoming attribute. Not so hard, really: hold breath, dial, listen to his voicemail three times, leave message, hang up, freak out. Days later, when I’d almost put the call out of my mind, he left me a return message. After a few more nerve-racking exchanges, we agreed to meet in person. He offered to stop by Saturday morning, if that would work with my schedule. He was earning major bonus points already, sight unseen, just for assuming that I, too, had a busy life, something that never occurred to Ted, Dave, et al., who had shown up pretty much as they pleased. Our 9am get-together meant I’d have to be up early, but I was pleased with the idea, as if I was the person with whom he would most like to begin his day. On Saturday I took great pains to look attractively casual—jeans, sneakers, soft red sweatshirt, tiny gold earrings. Should I stay inside with my coffee? No, better to look energetic and productive. I hoisted a rake and went to work on a few remaining leaves in my yard, listening intently for a car (truck? motorcycle?) coming down the gravel road. I was shocked when he drove up exactly when he said he would, a feat so beyond the capabilities of Marcus, Ted and the others that I doubt it had once entered anyone’s head. He had an immaculate white pickup truck, muscular chest, and easy smile. I liked the way he took his time getting out, strolling purposefully up the walkway to greet me. He was neither dashing nor breathtakingly handsome, just towheaded and tall with piercing blue eyes. Nice-looking. After so many lapses in judgment, I had wondered if I’d be able to spot the Real Thing if I ever found it. Could this be he? He declined my offer of coffee, so we stood in my yard and talked. I felt myself relaxing in his quiet presence. He was curious about my current situation. When he asked questions, he listened intently to the answers and didn’t try to sell himself—I liked that too. By the time he strolled onto my porch to have a look around, I was more than willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. Though it took a few more get-togethers for me to trust him completely, I had a suspicion that the noble, low-key Steven, of the pristine white truck and aquamarine eyes, just might turn out to be the man of my dreams. And he did. After 11 years of enduring Dave the flake, Marcus the secret alcoholic, Joe the invisible man, and Ted the pirate, I have finally met a competent, capable, honest contractor who doesn’t overcharge, comes when he says he will, and does a masterful job of resurrecting whatever has collapsed or broken, including my faith in mankind. Steven has fixed my front steps, my fence, my roof, my porch, and my spirits. He calls me by my first name. He has never hoisted up his tool belt and said, “Lady, I’m afraid you’re gonna need a whole new....roof/deck/yard/ life...and it ain’t gonna be cheap.” My Steven, Handiest of Handymen, works fast as lightning and always takes time to find out how my life is going. He doesn’t complain about his other jobs, his time, the weather, the economy, or women like me who’ve managed to neglect home maintenance so thoroughly. Somehow he makes me feel as if I’m the most charming and intelligent person he has ever met. Sherry, queen of fix-ups, asked about my love life last week. “Are you seeing anyone?” she said. “Yes and no,” I told her. How can I explain that romance pales next to the thrill of encountering a reliable man like Steven, hero of hearth, home and hot water heater reinforcement? Dates come and go, dinners are forgotten, Champagne goes flat and bouquets wilt. But a tall man with eyes the color of the ocean standing at my door with a power saw, an electric drill, and some 2 by 8s measured to fit—well, he’s the one-in-a-million guy I really want to see and talk to on a brisk winter’s morning. I think I hear him heading up our brand-new steps right now.
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f-word [ Feminism Free-For-All ]
“The bill proposes fines and up to five years in prison for those who violate the law. ”
“A large part of the problem is that models come into this [fashion] business at 13, 14 or 15 before
their bodies are even close to finished develop-
Senate Majority Leader
ing. Within a year or two these girls are devel-
Harry Reid (D-NV) has
oping into women and they are not told that this
More women than ever are earning graduate business degrees and at younger ages than ever before. But despite their growing numbers, women MBA graduates received half the job offers in 2010—one versus two, on average—of their male counterparts, despite sending out 20% more applications, according to GMAC (Graduate Management Admissions Council). Plus, a woman at her first post-MBA job earned $4,600 less than her male counterpart.
that would criminalize the
is OK. On the contrary, they’re told that they are
transportation of young
losing their edge, losing money, and losing favor
girls out of the United
in the eyes of their clients and so they struggle to
States to receive female genital mutilation (FGM)
Gretchen Sisson, who updated her phone to the iPhone 4S version, launched a petition campaign on Change.org after bloggers exposed that Siri, iPhone’s personal assistant app, couldn’t help users in several big cities, including Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Boston, find abortion providers, obtain birth control or locate domestic violence services. In contrast, critics note that Siri can almost always tell an iPhone user where to buy Viagra or even where to dump a dead body.
Last month, the FBI Criminal Justice Advisory Board voted unanimously to update the archaic definition of “rape” in the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. The current definition, adopted
take measures that will please those they look up
procedures.The Girls Pro-
to.” Coco Rocha, superstar runway model.
tection Act would serve
82 years ago, is believed to have led to widespread under-
as a follow up to legisla-
reporting of rape. The previous definition excluded rapes
tion passed in 1996 that
involving forced anal sex and/or oral sex, vaginal or anal
outlawed the practice of
fisting, rape with an object (even if serious injuries result),
FGM in the United States.
rapes of men, and was interpreted by some to exclude rapes
The bill proposes fines
where the victim was incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or
and up to five years in prison for those who violate the law. Studies suggest that approximately 200,000 women living in the U.S. have been, or are at risk of, being subjected to FGM. 34 january/february
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planetnikki [ a visual journal ]
The past year has been like a grainy black-and-white movie, moody and melancholy and seemingly relentless in its duration. with the wings of my soul
Now that I’m emerging unfolding around me, I’m amazed
at how bright the colors look, at the variety of cloud formations that drift by so often, at the new people who have come into my life, at the stirrings of an urge to write again when for so long it has been hard and difficult and dreaded.
The way I feel
reminds me of lines from one of my favorite Dylan songs:
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My new Hunter Wellies make me wish for rainy days and mud or a horse stall to muck out. (I don’t want to ride a horse but just look the part. Shallowly yours.)
On constant replay: I never tire of listening to “Beloved,” my favorite song from the underrated album, Seastories, by actress Minnie Driver. (Can’t understand why Matt Damon dumped her!)
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is one of my favorite places in Charleston to find inspiration. This month brings an exhibit of Aggie Zed’s work.
Can’t wait to fill up this 100-page pad because once a page is completed, I can tear off the perforated quote on the bottom and put it on my mood board or tape it in my journal.
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